With the 108th overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks chose guard Anthony Bradford from LSU. The later rounds of drafts is one of the best places to find long-term interior offensive linemen and that is what Bradford is capable of being for Seattle. He could even be a starter at some point during his rookie season.
Bradford has the size to play right away. He is 6'4" and 330 pounds. Bradford also has the strength to play right away in the NFL. He can steer defenders to whichever direction he wants them to go, at least he could in college.
The biggest adjustment Bradford will have from college to the NFL is that he doesn't change direction very well. He is more of a straight-ahead masher instead of someone who is going to be used to pull from the right to left. But he does hold his ground well and is very good at run-blocking.
Seahawks get a potential immediate starter at pick 108 with Anthony Bradford
Bradford gives the Seahawks another guard from LSU. Starting left guard Damien Lewis also played at the school. Lewis had a solid season in 2022 and should be in Seattle for several more years. Bradford is a purer right guard - he started 11 games at RG in 2022. Phil Haynes is the projected starter at RG for Seattle in Week 1, but he certainly could be pushed by Bradford in training camp.
Bradford also was coached well at LSU. His technique is very sound. And while Seattle does need interior defensive linemen in the draft, they also needed to find a guard and a center and with Bradford they have done that.
Bradford fills a position of need for Seattle, though he might not start right away. Guards are exactly sexy picks but they are foundational. By 2024, the Seahawks' offensive line could be LT Charles Cross, LG Lewis, C Evan Brown, RG Bradford, and RT Abe Lucas.